Say whatever you will about Rage Against the Machine’s political agenda; whether it was dead on the money or misguided is up to the listener, but what can be agreed on is “Evil Empire”, Rage’s long awaited follow up to their groundbreaking self titled debut album, is a great headbanging album that displays the band’s talents at they’re full extents. Vocalist Zack De La Rocha can rap as furious as any hip hopper, and sounds better on here than he did on the self titled album. Guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commorford, and drummer Brad Wilk round out the rhythm section, all of which are fantastic musicians (although I liked Morello’s solos better on the first album), and adrenaline charged songs like “People of the Sun”, “Bulls on Parade”, “Vietnow”, and “Tire Me” are all great songs, maybe some of Rage’s best, but “Evil Empire” is best listened to for the band itself, not any kind of political agenda. Eventually Zack would leave the band in 2000, and the rest of the band would form Audioslave with former Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell; and Rage is sadly missed by their loyal following of fans. All in all, “Evil Empire” is a great album, but I suggest checking out Rage’s debut first, an album that is more focused lyrically and musically than any other album in Rage’s catalog.